|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||Apr 2002|
|Number of Pages:||352|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.65|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.75 x 8.5 x 1.0|
Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on October 25, 1941. She graduated from Duke University at the age of 19 and completed graduate work in Russian studies at Columbia University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian and bibliographer. Her first novel, If Morning Ever Comes, was published in 1964. Her other works include Saint Maybe, Back When We Were Grownups, Digging to America, Noah's Compass and The Beginner's Goodbye.
She has won several awards including the PEN Faulkner Award in 1983 for Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, the 1985 National Book Critics Circle Award for The Accidental Tourist, and the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Breathing Lessons. The Accidental Tourist was adapted into a 1988 movie starring William Hurt and Geena Davis.
Scarred by grief after their 12-year-old son's senseless murder (he was shot by a holdup man in a Burger Bonanza), Macon and Sarah Leary are losing their marriage too. Macon is unable to cope when she leaves him, so he settles down "safe among the people he'd started out with',' moving back home with two divorced brothers and spinster sister Rose. Author of a series of guidebooks called "Accidental Tourist" for businessmen who hate to travel, Macon is Tyler's focus here, as she gently chronicles his journey from lonely self-absorption to an "accidental" new life with brassy Muriel, a dog trainer from the Meow Bow Animal Hospital, who renews and claims his heart.
Not a character, including Macon's dog Edward, is untouched by delightful eccentricity in this charming story, full of surprises and wisdom. All of Tyler's novels are wonderful; this her tenths the best yet. BOMC main selection. Janet Wiehe, P.L. of Cincinnati & Hamilton Cty.
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“POIGNANT... FUNNY... THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST IS ONE OF HER BEST... [TYLER] HAS NEVER BEEN STRONGER.”
– The New York Times
Macon Leary is a travel writer who hates both travel and anything out of the ordinary. He is grounded by loneliness and an unwillingness to compromise his creature comforts when he meets Muriel, a deliciously peculiar dog-obedience trainer who up-ends Macon’s insular world–and thrusts him headlong into a remarkable engagement with life.
“BITTERSWEET... EVOCATIVE... It’s easy to forget this is the warm lull of fiction; you half-expect to run into her characters at the dry cleaners... Tyler [is] a writer of great compassion.”
– The Boston Globe
“Tyler has given us an endlessly diverting book whose strength gathers gradually to become a genuinely thrilling one.”
– Los Angeles Times
“A DELIGHT... A GRACEFUL COMIC NOVEL ABOUT GETTING THROUGH LIFE.”
– The Wall Street Journal
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